Chironomid Frenchie

Cheech - March 3, 2018

Preface (by CF): So we've been fishing this Frenchie variation pattern almost religiously for the past couple of chironomid seasons on our local stillwaters. In two words: It slays.

Now we wouldn't expect less from the fishy mind of Lance Egan, but this pattern almost borders on creepily effective. Due to the need for getting this submitted to Umpqua for an upcoming new catalog release, we couldn't let the cat out of the bag until now, but we've seen this pattern get a LOT of usage amongst a few fellow anglers and it's pretty much the same response in terms of how well it fishes.


By now you know me as a pretty fanatical chironomid guy. And not to say I don't fish my other patterns, but let's say I've got a few rows in my chironomid box that is 100% Silver Lancers. Side note: Cheech came up with that codename for it and we actually call it that. Chironomid Frenchie is what you'll see it named with Umpqua most likely, but around here, it's the "Silver Lancer" (or Gold Lancer, or White Lancer as the case may be).

So here's a Lance's take on the pattern:

Many river anglers who are familiar with Euro style nymphing have come across a popular pheasant tail nymph variation called a "Frenchie" If not, check out our video here

Brookie caught on the Chironomid Frenchie

The Frenchie has been a staple for me on rivers for more than a decade. Why wouldn't it work well in lakes??? It does! I've adapted the bead and wire colors, removed the tail (chironomids don't have tails) and added sparkle emerger yarn for gills. Otherwise, the fish grabbing materials from the river frenchie are still utilized. This is my go-to chironomid and is my best producing stillwater pattern when fishing with a midge tip line or below an indicator. Try the Chironomid Frenchie, I'm confident it will produce for you.

Material List
  • Hook: Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook - 12
  • Thread: UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier - Red
  • Bead: Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Nickel - 7/64" (2.8mm)
  • Breathers: Sparkle Emerger Yarn - Clear White
  • Body: Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails - Muskrat Gray
  • Ribbing: UTC Ultra Wire - Silver - Small
  • Thorax: Ice Dub - UV Shrimp Pink
  • Glue: Fly Tyer's Z-Ment
  • Tools Used: Dr. Slick Tungsten Carbide All Purpose Scissors, 4",
Materials & Alternate Materials Listed Below
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier
UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

UTC Ultrathread 70 Denier

$1.99
Ice Dub
Ice Dub
Ice Dub

Ice Dub

$3.50
UTC Ultra Wire
UTC Ultra Wire

UTC Ultra Wire - Small

$1.75
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Classic Colors

$7.80
Arizona Diamond Dub
Arizona Diamond Dub
Arizona Diamond Dub
Arizona Diamond Dub

Arizona Diamond Dub

$2.95
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge
8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

8/0 UNI-Thread Waxed Midge

$3.25
Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails
Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails

Nature's Spirit Ringneck Pheasant Center Tails

$4.99
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier
Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

Danville Flat Waxed Nylon Thread - 70 Denier

$2.99
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Colors
Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Colors

Plummeting Tungsten Beads - Metallic Colors

$7.90
Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads
Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads

Firehole Stones Plated Tungsten Beads

$7.50
Sparkle Emerger Yarn
Sparkle Emerger Yarn

Sparkle Emerger Yarn

$3.25
Fly Tyer's Z-Ment
Fly Tyer's Z-Ment

Fly Tyer's Z-Ment

$7.95
Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook
Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook

Hanak H 230 BL Standard Nymph Hook

$8.95
Hends Spectra Dubbing
Hends Spectra Dubbing

Hends Spectra Dubbing

$2.99
Firehole Sticks 633 Nymph & Wet
Firehole Sticks 633 Nymph & Wet

Firehole Sticks 633 Nymph & Wet

$7.25
TMC 5263 Nymph & Streamer Hook
TMC 5263 Nymph & Streamer Hook

TMC 5263 Nymph & Streamer Hook

$28.65
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0
Semperfli Classic Waxed Thread - 8/0